Strawberry Chocolate Marble Loaf

5-6 fresh medium strawberries, chopped with stems removed
1/2 cup buttermilk 
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
1 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder

1. In a food processor, add the strawberries. Puree until smooth. Run the mixture through a sieve, discarding the strawberry pulp. Measure out 1/4 cup of strawberry puree and mix it with 1/2 cup buttermilk. Set aside. 

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan; set aside. Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the strawberry/buttermilk and beginning and ending with the flour. Set aside 1/3 of the batter (about 1 cup). 

4. In a bowl, mix cocoa and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water with a rubber spatula until smooth. Add the cocoa mixture to the reserved cake batter; stir until well combined.

5. Spoon batters into the prepared pan in 2 layers, alternating spoonfuls of strawberry and chocolate to simulate a checkerboard. To create marbling, run a table knife (or wooden skewer) through the batters in a swirling motion.

6. Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, until a cake tester comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack to cool 10 minutes. Turn out cake from pan and cool completely on the rack. Cake can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Makes one 9x5 marble loaf; Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart. 
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